Terming Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s village stay (grama vastavya) a political gimmick, K. Shivanagowda Naik, MLA from Deodurg, has said that Mr. Kumaraswamy should address civic issues concerning Raichur district instead of performing such political gimmicks. Therefore, the Bharatiya Janata Party, on Monday, will launch a padayatra from Gugal in Deodurg taluk to Karegudda in Manvi taluk where a gram vastavya has been proposed on June 26.
Addressing a press conference in Raichur on Sunday, Mr. Naik said that Raichur district has plunged into darkness due to insufficient power supply though it has been making a major contribution to the State’s total power production. Rural Raichur has been suffering from acute drinking water shortage and people are migrating to big cities in search of jobs owing to severe drought.
Following their inability to repay loans taken from banks, farmers are committing suicide, he said. However, no concrete programmes have been declared so far by the coalition government to solve these problems. Therefore, the BJP is urging the Chief Minister to announce concrete programmes, he added.
Mr. Naik accused Mr. Kumaraswamy of meting out step-motherly treatment to Hyderabad Karnataka region. The Chief Minister has released grants to Hassan but he has done nothing for Raichur, he said. “Thus, we are demanding immediate steps from him to address these issues,” he said.
Nearly 35,000 people are expected to take part in the padayatra. On the first day of the programme, the participants will make a night halt at Jagatagal. On the second day, they will reach Ballatagi before going to Karegudda on the third day (June 26).
He also targeted district in-charge Minister Venkatrao Nadagouda citing his “failure” in having a check over administration.
Shivaraj Patil, MLA, Sharanappa Jadaladinni, N. Shankrappa, Trivikram Joshi, Basavanagowda Byagwat and others were present.